Facebook, Inc. Common Stock (NASDAQ:FB) has reportedly fired an engineer accused of accusing his access to users data through Tinder messages.
The matter came up over the weekend when Jackie Stokes, the founder of Spyglass Security said on Twitter that someone had received some creepy messages from a Facebook engineer she personally knew.
In the chats, the engineer described himself as a “professional stalker”, which according to many, is not the best way one can introduce himself to a potential partner. In the description, the engineer indicated that he attempts to unmask hackers. The engineer implied that he has been using his professional skills to identify their new quarry
Following the revelation, several Facebook employees started contacting Stockes to get details and immediately started investigating. Facebook chief security officer Alex Stamos later issued a statement confirming the start of an investigation.
In the statement, Stamos said they have certified the matter as urgent, noting that the company is committed to ensuring the security and privacy of its users. He noted that it is because of this that Facebook has put in place very strict measures and technical restrictions so that employees can only access information that they require to do their jobs. He said that employees who overstep their mandate will be fired.
A Facebook spokesperson later confirmed that the engineer had been fired.
In a later statement, the company later gave details of the controls put in place to prevent the person from accessing the data of a date he was pursuing. The spokesperson confirmed that access requires additional logins and employee who need to access data outside what is permissible are warned and have to give reasons for access. He added that there are also automated systems, which help to flag abuse. These systems whoever didn’t help in the latest case.
This case is disturbing considering a person in such a senior position was using it for selfish reason. He finally lost his job for the breach. This incidence comes in the wake of a data breach saga involving inappropriate access to Facebook users’ data by Cambridge Analytica.